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place called california. ironically enough, nevada. yes, people who live in the shadow of the las vegas strip cannot make this bet, at least not in their own state. still, thousands from both states flocked to stores along the arizona border every time the jackpot gets this big. >> i want to win so i can put it all on the 49ers. >> reporter: which leads me to my last question. it was inspired by something everyone's favorite sports reporter observed last night on our station. >> these stories kill me. what is it, like 425 million, everybody goes nuts. they have to by a lottery ticket. 147, i'll wait. i will take the $100 million. that's just me. >> are the smaller jackpots a better bet? >> in one sense knock. you always to have pay $2 to play. the smaller the jackpot, the smaller the expected payoff. however work larger jackpot there is a higher chance you might have to split the pot so it is a tradeoff. >> reporter: by the way, the good professor, the one who actually understand that's formula, said he has never played the lottery. ever. although he admits that is not a lesson most of
? because it's on the border of nevada and not far from california. two states with no powerball. yesterday alone, they sold more than 100,000 tickets. >> i'd say the line has to be like about three, three and a half hours. >> reporter: gary made the trek through the desert to get here. >> thank you and good luck. >> thank you. i have about as much chance as everybody else here. sure would be nice to win, you know? >> reporter: for our third stop, we head east, to methuen, massachusetts. sure ted's state line mobil is a gas station, but 70% of its business is lottery tickets. $15 million worth last year. >> every day, for many years, come here, three times a day. >> reporter: why such loyalty? this place north of boston is more like a lottery lounge. 15 kiosks, plenty of seating and some inspiration. >> this is the latest million dollar winner. >> reporter: owner tony says over the years, he's sold 25 grand prizes totaling more than $110 million. is there a secret to winning? >> the secret is you have to buy a ticket to win. that's the secret. if you don't buy anything, you're not going to
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